19 Mar 2013

Treat Your Feet in Chinatown, NYC

Despite the calendar that indicates that spring is arriving this week, New York is clutching on to winter as tight as Times Square tourist holds on to his wallet. All this recent slushy snow and ass-whooping wind that bounces off the city’s concrete and creeps through my layers of goose

Michele DeBella - Cheap Chick 0
21 Feb 2013

The Lost and Found Show: Underwear!

If you’re missing any underwear, it’s probably because one of two things happened: 1. It’s jammed between the wall and mattress of a random hookup you’re no longer speaking to. 2. Gnomes stole it. Either way, you’re not getting your underwear back. You can deal with it by reading the

Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher 0
11 Apr 2012

Tales of My Foot Phobia

Believe it or not, this morning marked the second time that I saw someone clip their nails on the subway.  At least it wasn’t their toenails, like the first time around.  That incident happened during the summer, when it was hot enough to wear sandals– the thick, B.O.-pungent air, and

Carrie Laven - Pretty Penniless 0
22 Feb 2012

Smells on the Chinatown Bus

It’s kind of insane that after 25 years as a broke-ass, I had never taken the Chinatown bus until last weekend.  Don’t get me wrong, I adore budget travel– I’ve been cramped on overnight buses in Portugal, watched a boy floss his teeth with twine as he sat across from

Carrie Laven - Pretty Penniless 0
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13 Oct 2011

It All Happened at Great N.Y. Noodletown

Any seasoned broke-ass New Yorker will tell you that Chinatown is the place to save the bank.  That’s easy.  Go to Chinatown.  And then what?  Chinatown is fucking confusing.   If you walk around aimlessly looking for a restaurant then you’ll probably just end up at the restaurant with the

The Happy Peasant 0
12 Oct 2011

What I Learned About Dating from the Chinatown YMCA

If you want me to like you, you don’t have to take me out to dinner or buy me things. You don’t have to have a fancy job, or live in a trendy neighborhood. You don’t even have to dress well. Besides finding someone who can feed me, there’s just

Carrie Laven - Pretty Penniless 1
24 Aug 2011

Super Taste Handmade Noodles

There are a zillion cheap noodle shops in Chinatown, and I’ve tried many of them, but one of my all-time favorite starch purveyors is Super Taste on Eldridge Street.  This tiny restaurant doesn’t get gold stars for ambience or service, but who pays attention to any of that when there’s

Tiara Francis - NY Know-it-all 0